Sourdough Experiment (Part 2)

Whoa! Nice oven spring!! I am VERY pleased with these results! I took the dough out of fridge at 8am, divided it and pre-shaped into rounds. Bench-rested for an hour covered with a towel before final shaping and then placing into bannetons. I then put the loaves into my proving box for another 1.5 hoursContinue reading “Sourdough Experiment (Part 2)”

Sourdough Experiment (Part 1)

I’m continuing to experiment and tweak my technique. Lately I’ve been wondering about the oven spring and how my technique early on in my bakes are affecting my end results. Tweak #1: Starter Feeding I typically bake sourdough bread once a week. Pre-COVID-19 I traveled for work Monday – Thursday. I would store my starterContinue reading “Sourdough Experiment (Part 1)”

Turmeric-Cinnamon Sourdough (Part 1)

Thought I’d try my hand at a laminated sourdough leveraging some different techniques than I usually employ. These techniques involve adding Spelt flour, dividing the dough into two parts adding Turmeric to the second. I started by mixing the flour with water and letting it autolyse for 2 hours. I added sourdough levain and saltContinue reading “Turmeric-Cinnamon Sourdough (Part 1)”

Sourdough Boules

Just finished baking some sourdough boules. This week I was playing with my bulk ferment, shaping and final proving to test some limits. Bulk ferment I pushed to 36+ hours. I divided and shaped into balls and bench rested for an hour. I then shaped into boules and proved at room temperature (72°F) for 2Continue reading “Sourdough Boules”

Sourdough Rye Loaf

Thought I’d try a Sourdough Rye loaf. My inspiration was watching a new bread baking #MasterClass featuring Apollonia Poilâne I’ve never made sourdough Rye bread before. Didn’t actually know what to expect. By my calculations the hydration of this dough is roughly 76%. I followed her recipe in the class cookbook I downloaded. The ryeContinue reading “Sourdough Rye Loaf”

Sourdough Croutons

Well … what to do with a loaf from a previous bake when you’d rather eat the one that is more recently baked? Cut it up and attempt making sourdough croutons! The loaf i used was leftover from the bake where I mentioned something was whacked. It was the second of the two loaves andContinue reading “Sourdough Croutons”

Sourdough Boules

My latest experiment was looking at my bulk ferment process. My process for feeding my starter, making my biga, mixing etc all stayed the same. I bumped up my temp 4°F in my fridge drawer (33°F to 37°F). I also bulk fermented for 36 hours before dividing/shaping my loaves. This time I separated my loavesContinue reading “Sourdough Boules”

Sourdough Technique Tweaks

Well… after that last bake I thought I’d try some tweaks to my technique. Probably should have reduced the elements I changed at once… Change #1 – Sourdough Starter. I’ve two (which I haven’t named yet). This was my second. Change #2 – Proofing. I did my normal 24 hour bulk fermentation prior to shaping.Continue reading “Sourdough Technique Tweaks”

Sourdough Bread: Something Is Wacked!

Well… I’ve not been happy with my bread bakes for the last two iterations. Something is out of wack! My oven bloom has been anemic… about half what I expect. Crumb is tighter and moist. Almost like it is over-proved. However, I’m not getting the larger bubbles of gas at top where I’ve weakened theContinue reading “Sourdough Bread: Something Is Wacked!”

My Sourdough Bread Visual Observation

Earlier I mentioned that I took copious notes and that my “Pencil” (or computer) was My Most Important Baking Implement. My baking notes cover three basic areas: recipes, methods and results. My intent is to connect the outcomes (results) to what I did upstream in my bakes (recipe and method). Understanding how variables in theContinue reading “My Sourdough Bread Visual Observation”